a little piece of autumn at The Milburn Arms | uk wedding blog

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Well, if you like all things weddings and all things animals you are in for a treat this morning. A while ago Carolyn (who I know from Danby Castle) emailed telling me about a shoot she was setting up at her new venue, The Milburn Arms (she also asked if Atticus would like to go along, sadly he was booked for another gig). When she described the inspiration and styling behind the shoot, the answer was yes. When I then received the images, it was so much more beautiful than I could have imagined. Such gorgeous inspiration for all you countryside brides.


I really hope you love these images as much as I enjoyed putting together this post. As you will know, any wedding with a dog has a place on So You’re Getting Married, but add in a little equine and some owls, and you have a place in my heart. Well done team. The list of who was involved is at the end of the post. Some fantastic suppliers within the industry, some of whom I have known for years and can safely say they would make your wedding day incredible.

Now…time for a vow renewal at The Milburn Arms I think!!

Photography by Natalie Pluck

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Months ago, before we re-opened the Milburn Arms Hotel I had a vision of a bride and groom on horseback getting married under our beautiful tree… however we were not even sure if weddings would work at the hotel, so I put this to the back of my mind.

Fast forward to September and having been opened for 6 months, we had put in for the wedding licence and my vision was back in full force!

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The hotel is situated in the heart of the North York Moors and horses and dogs are everywhere; the hotel is already dog friendly and weddings at our other venue (Danby Castle) have always been open to couples and their four legged friends!  

Queue a message to Natalie Pluck photographer and after a chat and some frantic swapping of ideas, we had ourselves a photo shoot, which was to involve animals (horses, owl and dog… eek!) and a relaxed autumn/harvest feel.

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So we set the date of 18th September (oh yes just over 2 weeks!!) and proceeded to enlist some fabulous local suppliers (see separate list) and I have to say everyone was very enthusiastic and totally up for the challenge.

It was, however, a challenge to ask a bridal wear shop to lend us dresses (seeing as there was the real chance of horse snot adorning the dresses, in addition to asking Lily our model to walk around the moors, sit on walls etc) so were thrilled when Heidi from Lace & Co agreed to help out.

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The morning of the shoot and you could not even see Rosedale as the mist was so thick, but we all carried on positive that at worst it would be a misty/romantic shoot!  Come 10am the sky was blue and we were all wishing we had shorts and t-shirts on!  

Everyone worked tirelessly for the whole day and we are all thrilled with the outcome of the shoot.

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Photographer – Natalie Pluck  www.nataliepluck.com

Cake – Sonia Peirson http://www.cupcakedelight.org/

Accessories – What Katie Did Next http://what-katy-did-next.co.uk/

Menus/Placecards – Knots and Kisses http://www.knotsandkisses.co.uk/

BM Dresses – Kate Fearnley http://www.katefearnleyboutique.co.uk/

Makeup – Laura McGurk http://www.lauramacmakeup.com

Hair – Katie Walton www.watkins-wright.co.uk

Flowers – Darling & Green http://darlingandgreen.co.uk/

Food / Venue / Car – Milburn Arms http://www.milburnarms.com/

Ceremony / Hand Fasting- Kings Celebrant Services http://www.kingscelebrantservices.com/

Brides Dresses – Lace & Co http://www.laceandco.com/

Menswear – Affleck & Moffat http://www.affleckmoffat.co.uk/

Ring Bearer Owl – Talon Falconry birds of prey centre  Www.talon-falconry.co.uk

Models: Bride – Lily Hartley Groom: Charlie Gledhill Bridesmaids: Bethany Watson, Alice Cheetham, Holly Wood & Hattie Freer

Horses kindly provided by Jenny Foster & Sweets: Helmsley Traditional Sweet Shop


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